Iran’s Supreme Leader: Nation Will Not Yield to Pressure

Jun 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Nation Will Not Yield to Pressure

By VOA News
24 June 2009
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says Iran will not yield to pressure in the face of post-election protests over the nation’s disputed presidential election.

His comments Wednesday come one day after Iran’s Guardian Council ruled out overturning the election results, despite finding voter irregularities in 50 districts..

U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday there are “big questions” about the legitimacy of the poll, which resulted in a landslide victory for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Internet postings call for an opposition rally to be held outside Iran’s Parliament Wednesday afternoon, but these plans cannot be confirmed.  Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard has warned it will use force to crush demonstrations about the election.

Separately, an aide close to defeated reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi says police raided the offices of a newspaper owned by the former prime minister and arrested 25 members of the staff.  The aide told Western media organizations Wednesday that the raid on the ‘Kalemeh Sabz’ or ‘Green Word’ offices took place Monday.

Reformist figures in Iran such as Mehdi Karroubi are calling for a day of mourning this week in honor of those killed in post-election violence.

Iran’s official death toll stands at 17, but witnesses to clashes between protesters and security forces put the toll much higher.  Figures cannot be verified because Iran has severely restricted news organizations’ abilities to report from the country.

There were no reports of protests in Iran on Tuesday or early Wednesday, after riot police and militia violently broke up demonstrations days earlier.

The disputed vote has triggered Iran’s greatest unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Opposition protesters say Iran’s June 12 presidential vote was rigged.  They cite numerous alleged instances of election fraud, among them a contention that the reported margin of victory for President Ahmadinejad over his reformist challenger Mr. Mousavi was impossibly high.

Iran’s Guardian Council says it will continue to investigate polling complaints beyond Wednesday’s set deadline. The council now has until June 29 to complete its work.

Another defeated presidential contender, Mohsen Rezaei, has withdrawn his complaints filed with the Guardian Council.  Iranian media report he cited a shortage of time when he withdrew his appeal.  Rezaei was the third place finisher in the election, and official results indicate he won less than two-percent of the vote.

Video of the protests obtained by VOA’s Persian News Network can be found on YouTube.

You also can follow PNN’s Twitter feed in Farsi.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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  1. There is a more pressing issue to a lot of Americans. I will be joining the many Americans raising their voices in dismay and disillusionment at the raising of salaries for bank employees when many Americans are losing their jobs and their homes.

    I will be writing to my Senators and Representatives to call for a total take over of the banks that have received public funds to stay afloat. If they have money for higher salaries they should have enough money to pay the public back.

    I am morally outraged and demand that these raises not be allowed.

    Also, the ability of the Iranians to exercise “free speech” is of less import to me than the thousands of people being murdered in Sudan/Darfour. Let us put our voices to saving lives first, then concern ourselves with the vote.

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  2. Hi G. Isis,

    I think it is very important to keep an eye on what is going on in the Middle East. We as Christians are waiting for a couple of key prophecies to happen in our life time, and we believe by studying Chronology, and other prophecies (like the Fig Tree–see newsletter on the subject) that the time for these to take place is very very close. One of the first prophecies we are looking to be fulfilled is Psalm 83 (see Newsletter on the subject). There are many Christians who are waiting and expecting this to happen at any time now. But there is an interesting thing about Psalm 83, and that is Iran is not involved in it. We have speculated as to why, but now as we see events unfolding we can see that they might be too busy with their own problems to attack Israel with all their Arab brothers. We also know by studying Psalm 83 that the Arabs are destroyed and will no longer be a threat to Israel, but then after “dwelling in unwalled villages” (which very interestingly enough, has only recently become clear on the exact meaning of that), Israel will have yet another attack, this one is going to be a big one and also the last one ever. The one is Gog from Magog (see verse by verse on Ezekiel 38,39 and also MP3 discourses/studies) and guess what, Iran is involved with that.

    So this is why we have a keen interest in Iran right now. If these prophecies are right at the door of fulfillment, what is going on here in America will be at an end soon as will all the groanings of mankind, for these events usher in God’s Kingdom, where His will shall be done right here on earth as it always has been done in heaven.

    Thank you for your comment

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